2019 Southeast TESOL Pre-Conference Institute

Wednesday November 6, 2019

8:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.


Morning Keynote: Christina Cavage, Sponsored by Cambridge University Press

Breakout Session A: Workshop for Adult Education/Higher Education    

Morning Workshop led by Christina Cavage

Afternoon Workshop led by Christopher Coro, Ed.D.

Breakout Session B: K-12 Dream Day Workshop

Workshop led by Socorro Herrera, Ph.D. , Joyce Nutta, Ph.D. , and Panel Members

Afternoon Featured Speaker:   Christopher Coro, Ed.D.   



Keynote Speaker
Christina Cavage, M. A.
Sponsored by Cambridge University Press


Invited Featured Speaker
Dr. Chris Coro, Ed.D.
Sponsored by US Department of Education

Teachers of Adult English Learners 
Breakout Session A

Morning Lead Facilitator
Christina Cavage most recently has served as the Director of the Intensive English Institute at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. Prior to FAU, Christina was both a faculty member and director at Savannah College of Art Design and Atlantic Cape Community College in New Jersey. She received her Master’s in TESOL from West Virginia University, and completed a one year fellowship at Princeton University, where she researched blended learning and English Language Learners. Throughout her career, she was worked with English Language Learners and teachers. She has trained numerous teachers all over the world in using digital technologies to enhance and extend learning. She has authored over a dozen ELT textbooks, and several papers, many of which have been presented at conferences including TESOL, National Education Computing Conference (NECC), and the League for Innovation. Currently Christina is an Online Learning Facilitator for Lexia Learning, a Rosetta Stone company. Prior to joining Lexia, she worked in higher education for 28 years.  

Afternoon Lead Facilitator

Christopher M. Coro, Ed.D. is an Education Program Specialist at the U. S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE).  He is currently serving as the Deputy Director for the Division of Adult Education and Literacy. Among his duties, Dr. Coro oversees the implementation of various research and technical assistance activities for OCTAE’s Division of Adult Education and Literacy. He has also been involved in the development of regulatory and non- regulatory guidance to support implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Prior to joining the U. S. Department of Education, Dr. Coro directed a large, comprehensive adult education program at Northampton Community College in eastern Pennsylvania.  In addition to experience in adult education leadership and professional development, he has 17 years of experience as a classroom teacher—11 years as a high school modern language and social studies teacher and 6 years as an adult ESL instructor.  Dr. Coro holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern Languages and Communication Arts from Hofstra University.  He also holds a Masters of Science degree and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in adult education—both from Capella University.  

Site Visit
Valencia College ESOL and Intensive English Program

K-12 Dream Day Workshop
Breakout Session B

Lead Facilitator

Dr. Joyce Nutta is professor of World Languages Education and the ESOL Endorsement and TESOL PhD Track Coordinator at the University of Central Florida. She is devoted to equipping teachers of all subjects and grade levels with tools and techniques that support English learners’ academic achievement and language development. 

Lead Facilitator

Dr. Socorro's Herrera serves as a professor of Curriculum & Instruction at Kansas State University and directs the Center for Intercultural and Multilingual Advocacy (CIMA) in the College of Education. Her K-12 teaching experience includes an emphasis on literacy development and biography-driven instruction (BDI). Her research focuses on literacy opportunities with culturally and linguistically diverse students, reading strategies, and teacher preparation for diversity in the classroom. Dr. Herrera has authored 9 textbooks and has authored articles for numerous nationally known journals such as the Bilingual Research Journal, Journal of Research in Education, Journal of Curriculum and Instruction, Journal of Latinos and Education, and Journal of Hispanic Higher Education. In addition to her writing, Dr. Herrera conducts multi-state and international professional development on issues of instruction and assessment with CLD students.

Panel Member

Dr. Carine Strebel is assistant professor at Stetson University where she teaches stand-alone ESOL courses and oversees the infusion of English learner content throughout the departments’ programs. Dr. Strebel focuses on pre-service teacher self-efficacy in working with English learners, coaching, and providing actionable feedback to instructional differentiation specific for the needs of second language learners.

Panel Member

Dr. Florin M. Mihai is a Professor of TESOL and the Director of the Undergraduate TEFL Certificate in the Modern Languages and Literatures Department/College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Central Florida. His expertise is in assessment of English learners.

Panel Member

Dr. Edwidge Crevecoeur-Bryant is an Associate Professor and Coordinator of ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages), in the Education Department, at Flagler College, St. Augustine, FL. She is an expert in literacy development and also serves as Co-Director of Agrilti Kominote Alfanèt (AKA), a literacy center in Petit Goȃve, Haiti.

Panel Member

Dr. Kouider Mokhtari is the Anderson-Vukelja-Wright Endowed Professor of Literacy Education. He focuses on the acquisition of language and literacy by first and second language learners, with an emphasis on children, adolescents, and adults who can read but have difficulties understanding what they read.


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